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We are laundry delinquents.
I stuff my clothes down the laundry chute until it’s full to the top. My husband does sort of the same thing, except that he makes his dirty laundry into a pile in the doorway of his closet.
At least mine’s out of sight.
Anyway, we’re both busy professionals, and laundry falls to the bottom of the list. Every. Single. Week.
When My Blog Spark asked us to participate in Seventh Generation’s Project Laundry Line Challenge, I agreed. I thought it would give us a reason to stay on top of our laundry.
What is Seventh Generation’s Project Laundry Line Challenge?
As participants in the challenge, we agreed to switch to cold water washing and line drying our clothes for 30 days.
Why did we agree to participate in a laundry challenge?
First of all, clothes that are washed in cold water and line dried last longer. The lint in your drier vent? That’s pieces of your clothing.
If the average family washed their laundry in cold water and dried it on a clothesline, they could save almost $200 a year. That’s a big deal. We’re all trying to cut costs, and $200 a year is enough to make an extra credit card payment or pay a little extra on one of our car payments.
According to Seventh Generation, if every household in the U.S. replaced just one bottle of traditional 100 oz. concentrate laundry liquid with a 100 oz. concentrated plant-derived product, like Seventh Generation, we could save 466,000 barrels of oil, enough to heat and cool 26,800 U.S. homes for a year.
Honestly, I’ve tried a lot of eco-friendly products in the past with lackluster results. Stains didn’t come out; our clothes ended up looking shabbier.
Because I’d never tried Seventh Generation before, I was willing to give it a shot. Stop back in a couple of weeks to see how it goes.
Seventh Generation via My Blog Spark provided me with Project Laundry Line gift kit and a Flip camera in order to complete this project.
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